Building procurement framework aims for ''spirit of trust''

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Scape System Build, a company owned by six local authorities, has launched a framework agreement for public sector building work worth up to £1 billion.

The framework, which will let “minor” contracts of up to £2 million, expects successful bidders to demonstrate innovation in the supply chain.

“This procurement intends to transform the manner in which minor works projects are procured and managed nationally,” the OJEU notice said. “They will adopt the principles of partnering through the development of longer-term relationships through the supply chain, integrated design and construction teams, shared risk/rewards and performance management. The partnering ethos will involve a partner selected for their capability and commitment to these principles.”

Target cost setting, open-book accounting, shared problem solving, and a strong commitment to all aspects of continuous improvement will be included in the selection criteria, the document said. “A key feature of this approach will be to develop a spirit of mutual trust and teamwork throughout the supply chain.”

Scape is a limited company whose shareholders are Derby City, Derbyshire County, Gateshead, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County and Warwickshire County councils.

In December, a report by Infrastructure UK found that the need for integration of the whole supply chain was a common theme among those interviewed in the building industry.

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